Camden Tour Guides Association (CTGA) is a member organisation of qualified guides who research, develop and conduct walking tours and lectures on all things Camden!
Camden is one of the most interesting of the London Boroughs. All our guides have studied Guiding Skills and the area, and passed theory and practical examinations. Walks are entertaining, but guides understand the history and culture in each of the areas we cover, and are skilled in interpreting the buildings and telling the stories of the people who lived and worked in Camden.
We cover all areas of the Borough of Camden including Camden Town, Primrose Hill, Holborn, Fitzrovia, Kentish Town, Highgate, Gospel Oak, Bloomsbury, St. Pancras, West Hampstead, St. Giles, Belsize Park, and Hampstead. We can also offer guides with specialised knowledge of many topics including Health, Education, Art, Literature, Law, Politics, Social Housing, Industry & Transport, Faith & Religion and Entertainment.
Since its inception the CTGA has annually supported the Camden Mayor’s charity. With fund raising walks we have raised hundreds of pounds for the following charities.
Camden Tour Guides doing what they do best…..
Camden Tour Guides Association recently hosted the Bloomsbury Breakfast at St Pancras Old Church. The local business people were welcomed by the Parish Priest, Father James Elston and Peter Twist, Chair of Camden Tour Guides Association and after the Breakfast our guides were delighted to take our guests around the church, gardens and old churchyard.
Pictured below are some of the newest members of the Association at the Badge Ceremony held on 3rd July 2019 with Deputy Mayor Sabrina Francis
Since its formation CTGA has been commissioned to provide walks for a number of various organisations including:
Camden Council – in 2015 as part of various events held to celebrate 50 years of the London Borough of Camden we led a series of tours inviting audiences to explore the Borough and find out more about its hidden histories for Camden50
The Knowledge Quarter is a consortium of partner organisations of many different kinds but with one thing in common – they are all actively engaged in advancing and disseminating knowledge. CTGA ran a series of walks covering many of the partners involved in this initiative. Our walks entitled “Sharing the Secrets of the Knowledge Quarter” highlighted many Knowledge Quarter partners, learning about their participation and contribution to knowledge and the community.
CTGA is keen to make our guided walks open to everyone. To support this aim we have worked with a range of organisations. For example we have worked with Visually Impaired in Camden (VIC) to develop a series of walks that are particularly suitable for people who are visually impaired. We have had great fun leading walks around The Regent’s Canal and the King’s Cross area, where together we understood what it was like to see the area from the perspective of someone with a visual impairment – the need to describe aspect, size and listen to sound.
The Foundling Museum in Brunswick Square. We have worked with the Museum to develop guided tours of the museum suitable for people with visual impairments. This included describing the size and outlook of individual rooms so that a visually impaired person can imagine themselves inside the room. We also incorporated touch into the tour, for example, sitting on the pews on the first floor landing of the museum and feeling the oak leaf carving, touching the staircase from the original building. We also focussed on the sound of the building – for example, hearing the clocks chime and the Dawn Chorus installation. We also worked with the Museum to run free walks for all on Disabled Access Day on 12th March 2016.
If you have a special interest group and would like to discuss commissioning CTGA about working with you please contact us here
Company Number 08901645
Company Address 113 Paramount Court, University Street, WC1E 6JW
- Love Camden is your go-to guide for a great time out. Created for and by residents, visitors and local businesses that know the ins- and outs – link here
- Camden Council – local community information directory here
- Other Guiding Associations which may be of interest
- There are many wonderful museums in the Borough of Camden – below you will find a link to some which you may find interesting